1. Fr. Wasson Angels of Light Program
Expansion of childcare services for displaced, vulnerable and at-risk children and youths. Founded and managed by hermanos mayores (adults that grew up at the flagship NPH Haiti home, St. Helene).
FWAL served 2,000 children weekly during the first year and a half. For the remaining 3.5 years, 1,000 children benefited weekly. The FWAL day camps turned into schools. Two permanent homes were established; St. Anne (children 0-6 years old) and St. Louis (children 7 – 18 years old). The FWAL homes served as a safe haven for children who experienced severe trauma and ensured their safety in a secure environment.
For more information, visit FWAL blog at:http://fwal.nph.org
2. Launch of Maternity and Neonatology Programs at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital where over 40,000 women and children received care.
• 50 high-risk newborns per month. The St. Damien Neonatology unit is one of only five neonatology departments available in the country. Since neonatal deaths accounts for half of the whole pediatric mortality rate, St. Damien is thrilled to bring this invaluable service to the country.
• 2,000 high-risk pregnancies per year. Woman were coming to St. Damien after the earthquake because they were ready to give birth and had nowhere else to go. The program developed throughout the years to focus on high-risk pregnancies in conjunction with the neonatal unit.
3. Improvement of water treatment/purification system at St. Helene Home for 351 residents, 400 external community students and 258 staff. The system is an ultraviolet sterilization (UV) and filtration system and is capable of treating up to 2200 liters per hour, and only one hour of power to treat the entire raw water tank.
According to a study conducted by The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, only 55.2 percent of the Haiti population has access to an improved water source, while close to 70 percent does not have direct access to potable water. Water Facts from water.org
4. Expansion of Rehab Program Services Including; -new adult therapy program and construction of Kay Gabirel -improving school and services of Kay Germaine -training for communities in northern Haiti -only program known in Haiti offering training and family assistance for special needs children
In Haiti, 1 in 10 people are disabled and those with special needs are often treated as sub-human and without rights. The Special Needs Programs of NPH Haiti offer alternative, rehabilitative care to this vulnerable population, with the goal of having each child and adult reach their full potential. An average of 100 students have attended the Kay Germaine school since the earthquake, with the majority of them receiving physical, occupational and speech therapy. 250 children receive therapy monthly between all the programs.
5. Responding to Rehydration and Cholera Epidemic
NPH and partner, the St. Luke Foundation, sprang into high gear when cholera emerged in Haiti, just 10 months after the earthquake. In a combined effort over 41,000 adults and children have received vital healthcare services.
6. Job Creation and Training
Offering more specialty services and programs creates more employment. NPH Haiti has offered numerous staff opportunities to travel abroad for training or intensive in- country training.
Additionally, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital launched a pediatric residency program. Currently there are seven second year residents that began in 2013, and six first year residents that began in 2014. There is a severe shortage for specialty training for medical graduates in Haiti. Only 60% of them have access to a residency program. Furthermore, only 300 pediatricians are in function in a country where 30% of the 10 million inhabitants are children under 15 years of age.
NPH Haiti programs employ 986 people, with estimates that each salary supports a family of five.
7. FWAL School and Nutrition
It is with great pride that FWAL is able to continue providing a free education for FWAL children and community children. This year we have almost 900 students in kinder, primary and secondary classes. This is the fifth year of offering a quality education to many children in need who would otherwise not be able to afford school.
Each student also received a free lunch. Menus are planned carefully to make sure the children’s meals are extra nutritious, as for many our external students will only have this one meal for the day.
8. Higher Education
Three Haitian university leaders have participated in the NPH International Seattle Leadership program, where they focused on their English, leadership development, cultural immersion and service and practical experience. The expected outcome is that these emerging leaders will return to their NPH family better prepared to continue Father Wasson’s vision of his older children caring for the next generations of children in need.
NPH Haiti has university students studying in the US, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Germany. The first medical student graduated in 2010. Currently there are 100 university students!
9. Food Production On Our Tilapia Farm
In February 2014, St. Damien began a Tilapia farm project with help from Operation Blessing. The project began with 8,000 fish in two outdoor above ground pool size tanks. There have been eight harvests in 2014, which was 32,000 fish or 16,000 lbs of fish. This program is in an effort toward sustainable and local production of protein and vitamin rich food for the hospital and NPH homes and schools, and an additional source of income for the hospital.